Walter A Bennett

March 12, 1930August 29, 2013
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BENNETT, Walter A., 83, passed away on August 29, 2013 in Tampa, FL. He was born on March 12, 1930 in Scotland, GA to the late Anthony and Ruby Bennett of Dade City, FL. Walter served in the Marine Corps from 1947 to 1977 and retired as a First Sergeant. His career included three tours as a drill instructor at Parris Island, SC. He also served in Korea from 1950-51 in the Chosin Reservoir and in Vietnam from 1966-67. Following his military service, he served 17 years as a police officer at Tampa International Airport. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Catherine; children Carol Sivyer (Neal), Stephen Bennett (Becky), and Susan Vowels; grandchildren Jared, Brian, Heidi, Christopher, Kelly, Nicole, and Sean, as well as great-grandchildren Addison, Jackson, Aurora, and Arwen. A visitation will take place on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 5 to 8PM at Gonzalez Funeral Home. Funeral services will then take place on Saturday, September 7 at 10AM at the funeral home with interment with full military honors at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Melech Hospice House.


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2013

Walter A Bennett

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September 8, 2013

Dear Mrs. Bennett & Family,

Just want to thank you for welcoming me at the viewing. Although I only knew Gunney Bennett for a very short time in 1961 at Parris Island. I had the utmost respect for him. So sorry for your loss - God Bless. Alistair T. Bruce USMC St. Petersburg, FL

Staff of Gonzalez Funeral Home

September 4, 2013

Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the family and friends. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

September 3, 2013

Dear Catherine,Warren and the rest of the Bennett family. Mine and Olgas condolence goes out to the whole family. I had the pleasure of working with Walter at TIAPD for almost twenty years and it was an honer and a prvilege to be able to work with him. We will miss him at the monthly reunions. Rest in peace brother. Bob and Olga Pages

Tina (Rodriguez) Lafoe

September 3, 2013

Cathy, my thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this time. May your memories and love give you comfort during this difficult times.

Ginger Shanbeck

September 3, 2013

Dear Catherine, Warren and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Walter's passing. I have the best of memories of him-he could be gruff and gentle, stern and funny and always someone upon whom I could rely when we worked together. I will always remember him with fondness and respect. My love and prayers for all of you.
Ginger Shanbeck

Ed & Sandi Lancour

September 2, 2013

Dear Catherine, Warren and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. It saddens us greatly. We were so fortunate to see him before he went into the hospital.
Ed says, "I can remember when Walter joined the airport police. He was very quiet and some of the guys didn't know how to take him. I found Walter to be a very good friend and we always got along well together.I guess it was because we had the same attitude and beliefs."
Walter has fought his last battle and is now in the arms of his Lord.
He will be greatly missed by us.
We won't be able to be at the viewing or funeral as we leave at 4am on Friday to go out of state. Our prayers of comfort are with you all

Jake Updegrove

September 2, 2013

Warren, sorry for your loss. my deepest condolences to you and the family

Jake Updegrove

Jim Sigmon

September 2, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. If he was like his brothers he was much a Gentleman !!

Dennis Black

September 2, 2013

Warren & Family,
We were saddened to hear of the loss of your brother. Donna, my wife, lost her older brother in April so we know what a void the passing of a brother has on the family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Dennis and Donna Black
Brooksville, Fl.

Joseph A. Mirabella

September 2, 2013

SO VERY SORRY to hear of your loss, Warren; it is very difficult to lose a brother. ~ My deepest condolences to you and your family. ~ May the Good Lord give all of you the strength to endure this most difficult time, my friend.